MinnesotaCare’s 20th anniversary to be feted with speakers and panels

On Tuesday current and former lawmakers will discuss the 20the anniversary of MinnesotaCare, the health-care program for low-income residents who don’t have other health insurance.

“MinnesotaCare/20th: A Celebration” will be held at the Minnesota History Center from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to speaking about the program’s past, they will discuss its future in light of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Last year the program served an average of 148,000 people a month; funding comes from a state tax on Minnesota hospitals and health-care providers, federal Medicaid matching funds and enrollee premiums.

Among those expected at the anniversary celebration:

  • Arne Carlson, governor at the time
  • Duane Benson, former state Senator
  • Linda Berglin, former state representative
  • Nancy Feldman, CEO, UCare
  • Lee Greenfield, former state representative 
  • Lucinda Jesson, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Curtis Johnson, policy adviser and chief of staff to Gov. Carlson;
  • Jim Koppel, deputy commissioner of health (appointed 2011); former executive director of CDF-MN; and staff to the Health Care Access Commission (1989—1991)
  •  Ann Wynia, emcee, former representative and former commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services

The event is hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota. Amy Crawford, the group’s Regional Director, said:

“This landmark piece of legislation provided critical health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who had previously been caught in the health insurance dilemma – they earned too much for Medical Assistance but couldn’t afford coverage in the private market.  MinnesotaCare contributed to Minnesota’s reputation as a national model for providing health care to its citizens.”

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by John Hottinger on 11/26/2012 - 09:46 pm.

    Linda Berglin

    Joe, shame, shame. Linda Berglin was a state SENATOR of monumental stature on health care for over 20 years. She is consider the author of the bill and rightfully so. I was on the MinnCare conference committee and saw the leadership of DFLer Berglin, Republican Benson on the Senate side of the table working in perfect tandem to iron out the differences during discussions in the Senate Retiring Room. They and Representative Greenfield deserve to be feted for their great accomplishment — as does Governor Carlson for his support during the process.

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